Saturday Say It: Broken Gold

When Something Flawed Is Beautiful

Card by Emily McDowell Studio

Kintsugi (“golden joinery”), also known as Kintsukuroi (“golden repair”), is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.

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Author: StyleCarrot

Marni Elyse Katz is a design writer and editor who lives in Boston and Cape Cod with her husband, two sons, and a cat. She blogs about design at

3 thoughts on “Saturday Say It: Broken Gold”

  1. Wow, that was amazing. I’ve never known that about their culture and I’ve never thought of imperfections being fixed like this. This totally shines a whole new light on things for me.

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